Five things to do in Oldham

THERE’S a raft of things to do this weekend, including watching the world famous Dobcross Band, or going to see a practising consultant physician-cum-comedian, who will have you in stitches laughing. Read on…

Dobcross Band in Concert,

Playhouse2, 2 Newtown Street, Shaw

Friday, March 15, 8pm

THIS world famous silver band from the small village community in Saddleworth is back on stage. The band has enjoyed success at the highest level of brass banding regularly throughout its history since it was established way back in 1875.

It was boosted in 2016 by the return of vastly experienced musical director Grenville Moore in September 2016 is an exciting development, bringing the real prospect of further success.

Tickets cost £10 in advance, obtainable by emailing via

William Stott of Oldham: Stott and His Family History

Gallery Oldham, Greaves Street

Saturday, March 16, 1pm. Free and there’s no need to book

VOLUNTEER researcher Alison Jones will be exploring William Stott’s family history and his connection to Oldham.

Gallery Oldham is partnering on the Tate’s national tour of this outstanding work of art. Le Passeur (The Ferryman) is the best-known painting by the man who is Oldham’s best-known painter. William Stott trained in Oldham, then travelled to Paris, where he quickly achieved recognition from fellow painters, critics and institutions. This exhibition will explore the way in which his career developed through contact with artists, and the influence he had on others.

This exhibition features highlights from Gallery Oldham’s collection alongside loans from other museums, including Tate, Manchester Art Gallery and Touchstones Rochdale.

Oldham Tinkers,

Playhouse 2, 2 Newtown Street, Shaw

Friday, March 16, 8pm

THIS legendary Oldham folk band need no introduction and are returning to the theatre after a sell-out show last year.

Their appearance follows up the October release of “An Introduction to the Oldham Tinkers” on Topic Records, one of the oldest folk labels in the world and which celebrates its 80th birthday this year.

This legendary Oldham Band need no introduction and are returning to the theatre after a sell-out night last year. Tickets £17 in advance available via (£19.50 on door).

Dr Kevin Jones – Telling The Wrong Man He Had Cancer and Other Hilarious Stories

Millgate Arts Centre,

Stoneswood Road, Delph, 8pm

TRUST him, he's a doctor, but you may die laughing. Dr Kevin Jones is a practising consultant physician who has been on the comedy and after-dinner circuit for 30 years.

His one-man show, a huge, sell-out hit at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, celebrates the dark humour inherent in hospital medicine - frightening, illuminating and very, very funny.

A true-tales, medical comedy show that is poignant, insightful, bizarre and gut-wrenchingly funny.

There will be no dead bodies, or dissections, or actual surgical procedures but he’ll have you in stiches and any side-splitting will be of your own accord.

Other plaudits: “A self-assured, consummate story teller, taking you on a humorous and ultimately life affirming trip through his career.” Paul Maguire, Edinburgh Comedy Awards

“The funniest doctor I’ve ever met.” Justin Moorhouse.

Saddleworth Film Society

Lady Bird,

Millgate Arts Centre, Delph,

Monday, March 18, starting 8pm

Christine "Lady Bird" MacPherson is a high school senior from the "wrong side of the tracks". She longs for adventure, sophistication, and opportunity, but finds none of that in her Sacramento Catholic high school. Lady Bird follows the title character's senior year in high school, including her first romance, her participation in the school play, and most importantly, her applying for college.